906. Arachnothera magna.
The Larger Streaked Spider-hunter.
Cinnyris magna, Hodgs. Ind. Rev. 1837, p. 272. Arachnothera magna (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 221; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 727; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 360; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 23 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 85; Gammie, S. F. v, p. 385 ; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xlix, 347, pl. 112; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 173 ; Hume, Cat. no. 223; Oates, B. B. i, p. 327; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 169; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 105 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 79; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 268.
The Large Spider-hunter, Jerd.; Dom-siriok-pho, Lepch.; Yedong-pichang, Bhut.
Coloration. Forehead and crown olive-yellow, each feather with a large black patch in the centre ; lesser and median wing-coverts the same; remainder of the upper plumage olive-yellow, with distinct broad black shaft-stripes ; greater wing-coverts and tertiaries olive-yellow with black shafts; primaries and secondaries dark brown, margined with olive-yellow; tail olive-yellow, each feather with a band of black near the end, followed on all but the median pair by a lighter patch of pale yellowish; sides of the head like the back, but paler; the entire under plumage pale yellowish, each feather with a broad streak of black.
Bill black : iris brown; legs orange-yellow; claws yellow.
Length 7; tail 2; wing 3.7; tarsus .8; bill from gape 1.8.
Distribution. The Himalayas, from Bilaspur in the Sutlej valley (according to Stoliczka, l. c.) to the extreme east of Assam ; the valley of Assam; the Khasi hills; Manipur; Arrakan; Tenasserim as far south as Tavoy and the Thoungyeen valley. This species is probably spread over the whole of Burma, but I failed to meet with it in any part of Pegu west of the Sittoung river. It occurs up to 5000 feet.
Habits, &c. Breeds from May to August, constructing an open cup-shaped nest of vegetable fibres felted together and mingled with dead leaves, and lined with grass. The nest is attached by half its rim to a plantain-leaf, to which it is sewn by very numerous threads. The eggs, usually three in number, are brown speckled with purple, and measure about .95 by .7.